New Risk Management Data Have Been Reported by Researchers at Monash University (Safety in numbers? Investigating Australian driver behaviour, knowledge and attitudes towards cyclists)
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Insurance Weekly News -- Researchers detail new data in Risk Management. According to news reporting originating in Clayton, Australia, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "A key tenet of the safety in numbers theory is that as the number of people cycling increases, more drivers will also be cyclists and therefore will give greater consideration to cyclists when driving. We tested this theory in relation to self-reported behaviour, attitudes and knowledge in relation to cycling."
The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from Monash University, "An online survey was conducted of Australian drivers (n = 1984) who were also cyclists (cyclist-drivers) and drivers who did not cycle (drivers). Cyclist-drivers were 1.5 times more likely than drivers to report safe driving behaviours related to sharing the roads with cyclists (95% Cl: 1.1-1.9, p< 0.01). Cyclist-drivers had better knowledge of the road rules related to cycling infrastructure than drivers: however knowledge of road rules related to bike lanes was low for both groups. Drivers were more likely than cyclist-drivers to have negative attitudes (e.g. cyclists are unpredictable and repeatedly overtaking cyclists is frustrating). Findings from this study highlight the need for increased education and awareness in relation to safe driving behaviour, road rules and attitudes towards cyclists."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Specific recommendations are made for approaches to improve safety for cyclists."
For more information on this research see: Safety in numbers? Investigating Australian driver behaviour, knowledge and attitudes towards cyclists. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 2014;70():148-154. Accident Analysis and Prevention can be contacted at: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, England. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Accident Analysis and Prevention - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/336)
Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting M. Johnson, Monash University, Accid Res Center, Monash Injury Res Inst, Clayton, Vic 3168, Australia. Additional authors for this research include J. Oxley, S. Newstead and J. Charlton.
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